Galaxy and mass assembly: Redshift space distortions from the clipped galaxy field

F. Simpson, C. Blake, J. A. Peacock, I. K. Baldry, J. Bland-Hawthorn, A. F. Heavens, C. Heymans, J. Loveday, P. Norberg
2016 Physical Review D  
We present the first cosmological measurement derived from a galaxy density field subject to a 'clipping' transformation. By enforcing an upper bound on the galaxy number density field in the Galaxy and Mass Assembly survey (GAMA), contributions from the nonlinear processes of virialisation and galaxy bias are greatly reduced. This leads to a galaxy power spectrum which is easier to model, without calibration from numerical simulations. We develop a theoretical model for the power spectrum of a
more » ... clipped field in redshift space, which is exact for the case of anisotropic Gaussian fields. Clipping is found to extend the applicability of the conventional Kaiser prescription by more than a factor of three in wavenumber, or a factor of thirty in terms of the number of Fourier modes. By modelling the galaxy power spectrum on scales k < 0.3 h/Mpc and density fluctuations δ_g < 4 we measure the normalised growth rate fσ_8(z = 0.18) = 0.29 ± 0.10.
doi:10.1103/physrevd.93.023525 fatcat:44kqnyne7jhsbkp25nlrvbqhty